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September 2, 2015 | 18th Elul 5775

Sally Frank, Temple B'Nai Jeshurun, Des Moines, IA

Debbie helped shape my relationship to synagogue worship. I have 3 older sisters, all of whom were active in JFTY and NFTY. Growing up, I heard them singing the music of the movement, Debbie's music. I was in JFTY from 1972-6. Her music permeated our lives in JFTY.

Having remained an active member of my congregations and regular attender at services, Debbie's music has made the services so much more beautiful than I could have imagined.

During the 90's, I got to know Debbie a bit by attending annual Kallot. I learned so much from Debbie, not only about music, but about life and persevering through hard times.

I have a 9 year old daughter who also loves Debbie's music and has since she was quite young. She used to dance wildly to Debbie's songs. As a gymnast, my daughter was thinking about trying to use some of Debbie's music for a floor routine when she is at the point that she can develop her own floor routine. When I told her that Debbie died, she was quite sad. She said she wanted to tell Debbie about her desire to use her music. Now it will be a tribute to her. We have lost a great soul.

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